Tommy Gaines (Music) took a group of his voice students to the Mid-South Regional Competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at at the University of Louisville on April 4, and five of them -- including Amber Herbert (Business Administration '09) -- placed as semi-finalists. Two of his student went on to the Finals where his "High School Man" took first place and his "Adult Intermediate" student took second place. Congratulations to these fine students. Tommy Gaines also performed a recital for the Annual Spring/New Member Luncheon of the Beethoven Club of Memphis on April 8, where he rendered selections by Verdi, Ravel, Michael Head as well as traditional spirituals.
Rick Maupin (Graduate & Professional Studies) has been selected to address the induction ceremony for the Joyce C. Mitchell Chapter of the National Honor Society at Middle College High School on April 30.
• An article by Kelli Wildman (Dean of Academic Services) on "Human Relations of Academic Advising: It's about the Student," has been published in The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, an online advising journal produced through the Center for Excellence in Academic Advising at Pennsylvania State University. The article will remain in the "Current Issue" section of the journal until July 2009.
• Congratulations to CBU's winners at the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL on April 3-5. Wook Kim ('09) and Austin Gooch ('11) won first place in the ASME Mystery Design Competition. Amanda Taylor ('09) and Nicholas Brown ('09) won first place in the 2009 Senior Design Exposition. Scott McGrath ('09) won fourth place in the Robotics Competition.

• Congratulations to the CBU concrete canoe team lead by Thomas O'Bryant ('09, pictured above), which won first place in the coed race at the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers Deep South Conference on March 28 at Arkansas State University. Mallory Bailey ('11), Katie McGinnis ('10), Thomas O'Bryant, and Daniel Syzdek ('09) rowed the canoe.
Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering) and Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering) attended the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Society for Engineering Education on April 5-7 in Marietta, GA. They presented two papers, "Undergraduate Packaging Programs at CBU" and "Recruiting for Undergraduate Packaging Programs at Christian Brothers University." The two papers were co-authored by Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), Mr. Yongquan Zhou (FedEx/Packaging Adjunct), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Jose Davilla (Mechanical Engineering).


Submit your best photos of student life at CBU!
The Office of Admissions and the Office of Communications and Marketing are looking for the best pictures of student life at CBU. All individuals and organizations on campus are encouraged to submit photos that you think best represent life at CBU. Increase your odds of winning by submitting as many photos as you want. The individual or organization with the best photo will win one of three prizes:

• A $75 gift card to Walmart
• A $50 gift card to Olive Garden
• A $25 gift card for Pizza Hut

Submitted digital photos must be high resolution, minimum 1200 x 1800 pixels. Please submit your photos to cdugan@cbu.edu by no later than Friday, April 17. Your photos might be used in new CBU Admissions publications or placed on the CBU website. Submission of photos signifies permission to use them in official university materials.

Be sure to include your name, email address, phone number, and organization information (if applicable). The winners will be announced in the April 27 CBU Connection. Thanks for making it picture perfect at CBU!


Senior Day: Congratulations Seniors and Master's Candidates on your accomplishments! Senior Day is Tuesday in Sabbatini Lounge (located in the Thomas Center). There will be two sessions for your convenience: Session 1 is 12:00-1:30 p.m., and Session 2 is 4:30-6:00 p.m. You are not required to attend both sessions, but you must attend at least one to receive your graduation announcements and final checklist for graduation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email mario.brown@cbu.edu or call 321-3529. For more information, visit the Commencement website. Congratulations again, future alums of CBU!
Parking Advisory for Thursday: The School of Engineering will host the Seventh Annual CBU High School Engineering Competitions on Thursday. Events will be held in the visitor parking lot bordered by the Cooper-Wilson Center, St. Joseph, Battersby, and De La Salle Halls; consequently, the lot will be closed all day on that Thursday. This closing will be inconvenient for some of you, and your forbearance is greatly appreciated. As many as 200 high school students, parents, and teachers are expected to attend. Your tolerance will help us make this a memorable experience. If you are on campus the afternoon of April 16, you are invited to come by and observe. Tractors will pull, crates will be crushed, eggs will be dropped, and cars will careen starting at 3:30 p.m.
Greek Gods Auction: The IFC at CBU would like to invite the student body to come out and support the Greek system at this year's Greek Gods Auction. It will be held on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Everyone's favorite Greeks will be auctioned off to the public, with prizes for the winners. If you wish to participate, entry forms will be available until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Student Life.
Family Business Enrichment Series: The first session of the series, "What does the new credit environment mean for your family business?," will be held Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Join family business leaders from throughout the Mid South and learn how to survive and thrive in today’s challenging environment. This lecture/discussion series will be open to business owners and their senior managers at no cost on a space available basis. CBU is pleased to host these events on campus. The lecture and discussion series will also allow participants to ask questions and gain insight on tactics required to adapt to the current economic realities. Make your reservation while space is available by emailing rsvp@cbu.edu or by calling 321-3999. Please include company name, the name and title of all participants, and specific sessions of interest. The series is sponsored by SEACAP Financial, Independent Bank, Waddell & Associates, and nexAir.
An Evening Recital: Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. An evening of vocal and piano selections from the 15th to the 21st centuries including selections by Mozart, Brahms and other composers including opera arias, Italian, German, French and English art songs and piano selections ranging from the classical genre to pop selections. This recital features voice students of Tommy Gaines and piano students of Dr. Sharon Momany. Tickets are $5 for general admission ($10 per family) and free to CBU students and employees. Tickets will be sold at the door and seating is open. For additional information, please contact Tommy Gaines at jgaines@cbu.edu or 321-3390.
A Toast to the Ladies(featuring Russell Brandon, tenor): Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. A voice recital by senior Russell Brandon featuring songs from the early Baroque to the Modern period including arts songs, arias and musical theatre selections in celebration of ladies and all of their charming ways!
Tickets are $5 for general admission ($10 per family) and free to CBU students and employees. Tickets will be sold at the door and seating is open. For additional information, please contact Tommy Gaines at jgaines@cbu.edu or 321-3390.